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Woman claims she is the real life Dr Dolittle after ‘curing’ animal stress.



An animal lover who says she has ‘full-blown conversations’ with animals has jacked her job in – to become a “real life Dr Dolittle”. Ruthy Bradshaw, 41, who was director of her own marketing business, now charges THOUSANDS of pounds to talk to people’s pets helping them to express themselves. Ruthy – who calls herself Ruthy Doolittle – offers therapy to anxious pets. She charges £997 for her services – or pet owners can fork out an extra £1997 if they want to learn the language herself. Ruthy claims she was born with the gift of being able to communicate with animals – and can even contact them from beyond the grave.

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See 15yr old become first in UK to have epilepsy cured



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Billy Whitaker, 15 from Cornwall, became the first paediatric epilepsy case to undergo the procedure at Bristol Children’s Hospital on Thursday 14 January. The robotic stereotactic EEG uses smart technology derived from the engineering world, together with high precision image guidance- to enable surgeons to insert multiple recording electrodes deep into the brain to investigate potential sites of seizure initiation.
The technique is extremely accurate and safer and better tolerated than alternative invasive methods of achieving seizure localization. This means that many cases where targets for surgery have been impossible to locate, may now become surgical candidates for life changing epilepsy operations.
Robotic technology has previously been used in other neurosurgical cases, however, this is the first use of the Neuromates Robot, which was developed by Local company Renishaw, to treat a paediatric epilepsy case in Bristol. The epilepsy surgery service at BCH already has 8 other epilepsy patients lined up to receive the treatment. Michelle Seymour, epilepsy lead nurse at Bristol Children’s Hospital, said: “This new treatment is a part of process we follow during the epilepsy programme, when trying to identify children that might be helped by helped by definitive surgery.
“Invasive recordings are an important part of the process for selected patients. This new development is better tolerated by younger patients and offers considerable safety advantages as well.”

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A Man Used Hypnosis To Cure His Severe Agoraphobia



Richard Savage, 43, has suffered serious prejudices throughout his life about the way he looks. The graduate’s anxiety disorder worsened when a rude doctor branded him “retarded” and he claims he was told he was not offered a job because he was deemed “far too ugly”. He was so concerned about his appearance and frightened what people thought of him that he never left his house. Richard, who suffers from Moebius Syndrome a neurological disorder characterised by facial paralysis, was sexually abused by two teenage girls at school when he was just 11, which he claims sparked his agoraphobia. And, after years of failed psychiatric treatments and mental health support, the gay chef finally decided to do something about his social phobia after he was refused a job at the interview stage for being “far too ugly.” Incredibly, Richard’s life has changed after a single session with cognitive behavioral hypnotherapist David Kilmurry on Sunday July 5 in Coventry, West Mids.

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‘Play to Cure: Genes in Space’ app



‘Play to Cure: Genes in Space’ app, created by the Cancer Research Institute in Cambridge. Volunteers helping to tackle cancer have analysed 1,000 cancer patients’ data as part of a GAME. The new app, created by the Cancer Research Institute in Cambridge, called Play to Cure: Genes in Space sees players navigate a spacecraft. A player is given a segment of DNA from cancer cells and they map out the most dense parts. They fly through the dense parts of the chromosome in the spaceship by darting through circles. The circles mark out the highest and lowest markers of the DNA strand – and by flying through them a pattern of the DNA’s peaks and troughs emerges. These peaks and troughs can show up if a cancer cell has DNA that has been copied wrongly – either with parts of it missing or parts of it doubled. The data is sent back to scientists who identify any regular patterns in cancer patients’ DNA that is not usually seen in a healthy person.

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Could financial engineering cure cancer?



Financial engineering failed dramatically in the financial crisis, but maybe it could be used to help persuade institutions to invest in cancer research. Professor Andrew Lo of MIT’s Sloan School of Management explains how to Long View columnist John Authers.

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